Kenny blasts 'disgraceful' Rangers after 'totally wrong' Celtic-related development

Rangers and the Scottish FA have acted disgracefully in their handling of the Covid scandal involving five Rangers players. 

That is according to ex-Premier League goalkeeper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after it was revealed that Rangers will appeal the decision to hand the five players six-match bans at a hearing on 20 April.

Bongani Zungu, Nathan Patterson, Calvin Bassey, Dapo Mebude and Brian Kinnear broke covid protocols by attending an illegal house party in February.

The date of the appeal means the quintet – including the in-form Patterson – are available for next Saturday’s Scottish Cup fourth-round meeting with Celtic.

Kenny called it “totally wrong” that Rangers will be able to select the offenders in such a significant match.

“I think it’s disgraceful from the Scottish FA’s point of view,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.

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“Rangers are always going to appeal. They are bending the rules and it is clever. A lot of teams would have done the same. They are doing what most clubs would do.

“But to put the appeal back until after the Celtic match, I totally disagree with it. It’s wrong, for me.”

Fellow Rangers players Jordan Jones and George Edmundson were disciplined for a similar breach of protocol in November.

On that occasion, the pair both received seven-match bans from the SFA and were promptly shipped out on loan by the club.

In other news, a Premier League club has a strong interest in Rangers boss Steven Gerrard, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.